“A priest murdered a faithful for her gold jewelry”

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It was priest Anumula Murali Krishna of Sri Swayambhu Siddi Vinayaka Temple, located in Vishnupuri settlement, Malkajgiri, who murdered 57-year-old Gorthy Uma Devi, a statement from the Rachakonda police station said on Friday.

The priest killed her for her gold ornaments to solve her financial problems, he added.

Ms. Uma Devi, a resident of the settlement, visited the temple daily. Like every night, went to the temple around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, but did not return. Inquiries by family members to the priest and locals also yielded no results. Her husband GVN Murthy, after waiting a long time at the gate of the temple, since he found his shoes there, finally approached the Malkajgiri police station. It was reported that the woman was not carrying her mobile phone.

Police registered a missing person complaint, began searching for it, in addition to finding clues from available CCTV footage. Three days later, the police found Ms. Uma Devi’s body dumped just behind the temple. About 10 gold ornaments on his body were visibly missing and understood as “murder for gain”.

According to the police statement, 42-year-old priest Murali Krishna from Pamuru of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh, as expected, attacked the woman with an iron bar causing deep injuries to her head. .

After making sure she was dead, he moved the body into a plastic canister, capped it, then mopped the floor. He removed all the ornaments and sold them to a local jeweler in the same settlement.

Police said the priest even tried to dispose of the body, but was unsuccessful as police were already on a search mission. The victim’s body lay in the drum inside the temple for the next two days from the time she was attacked, and smelling the smell of decay – he rolled the drum around the back of the temple to small Thursday hours and dumped the body.

The priest cleaned the place and burned incense sticks to make sure the place didn’t smell good.

Malkajgiri police said they had reconstructed the crime scene and collected enough evidence.

He got back two gold bracelets and ₹1 lakh in cash. Another gopi thadua chain of black beads and 35 broken pieces of six bracelets, believed to have been melted down, were recovered from Joshi Nanda Kishore, who runs Maa Bhavani Jewellers.

The duo were convicted of murder, causing evidence to disappear and giving false information, theft and other provisions of the IPC.

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